ERC: Achaia Elpa Rally tragedy

The 28th Achaia Elpa Rally began as planned when Miguel Campos led off the teams at the start of the first leg of the all asphalt rally. However already on Stage 1, tragedy struck when Dimitris Koliopanos and Theofanis Hasiotis in a Toyota Yaris,...

The 28th Achaia Elpa Rally began as planned when Miguel Campos led off the teams at the start of the first leg of the all asphalt rally. However already on Stage 1, tragedy struck when Dimitris Koliopanos and Theofanis Hasiotis in a Toyota Yaris, went off the road 3km from the end. He hit a wooden pole with a 2 ton electrical transformer on the top, and this fell on top of the car.

Koliopanos, whose father is a Greek Member of Parliament, was killed and his co-driver taken to hospital.

When the teams arrived back at the first service of the day, they entered a 30 minute unscheduled re-grouping, whilst the Organising Committee could consider the situation. All the Greek drivers wished to retire and did so, but the three cars involved in the European Championship decided to continue until ordered to stop by the Stewards.

They continued out to Stage 4, but before they could start, the Organising Committee proposed a halt to the rally pending a final decision from the Stewards.

After the first 3 Stages, Thiry had a lead of 5.7 seconds over Campos. If this is the final classification, then the points will be apportioned accordingly.

We await further developments.

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Series Other rally
Drivers Miguel Campos